PowerPlay Sim Rig build - Logitech G29

This blog outlines the build of a PowerPlay Workstation / Sim Rig.  We start with an as-built PowerPlay race rig cabinet (see cabinet blog post), install the seat, steering wheel, pedal assembly, shifter and handbrake along with triple monitor arm, monitors and power bar.  The cables are installed and wrangled using the wiring clips provided with the Sim Rig cabinet.  The end result is a workstation / sim rig that provides an immersive and comfortable simulated racing experience!

Components

The cabinet selected for this build is the Black laminate race rig.  This install uses the Logitech G29 wheel, pedals and optional H pattern shifter, compatible with PC and PlayStation. The Logitech set is the most affordable force feedback steering wheel and 3 pedal set on the market.  The optional shifter is more game like than car like, but will get the job done.
     

Seat Install

The seat used is a GT Omega RS9.  It is an affordable sim racing seat, with a soft faux leather material, with good support, back tilt and slider assembly.  The RS6 is suitable for smaller framed racers and kids and might be snug for 6 footers.  Their RS9 is suitable for larger racers, and the RS XL for full framed racers.

Once the seat is assembled, by securing the upright to the base with the seat mounting hardware provided , place the seat on a flat surface, grab the seat slider adjuster bar and slide the seat back as far as it will go. 

Using the hardware provided with the sim rig set (4 bolts, washers and nuts), set the seat on the sim rig seat platform, locate the two matching holes at the front of the seat and install the bolts through the holes pointing down.  Then install a washer and nut snugly from the underside of the platform but do not tighten.  Then slide the seat all the way forward, ensuring the front bolts are fully pushed down so they won't bind on the seat slider.  Install the next two bolts in the same manner.  Then go ahead and tighten all 4 nuts. 

Seat assembly done!

Pedal Assembly

It is easier to install the Logitech pedal assembly to the pedal platform before installing the pedal platform in the sim rig, and that's the recommended approach.  It can be done with the pedal platform installed, but it may be awkward to install the bolts "blind" from the underside of the platform.  Use the 6mm bolts and washers provided in the sim rig kit, as they are the recommended length for the components on the rig.

Install at least 4 bolts at the outermost corners as shown. Tighten the bolts snug once all 4 bolts are threaded into the pedal assembly.

Install the pedal platform in the rig, taking care to not bind the cable and routing it towards the front.

Shifter

Loosen the shifter clamps and remove the additional spacers.  Locate the shifter on the shifter pad and using the 6mm bolts and washers provided with the sim rig, locate the appropriate mounting holes and insert the bolts from the underside. 

Tighten the bolts snug, then tighten the Logitech clamps and plunge the knobs into the body. The USB cable can then be routed inside the cabinet, or outside as desired.  I prefer to have the cables tucked on the inside for a clean look, using the wiring clips provided.

Wheel

The cables need to be arranged and configured per Logitech's instructions which is pretty straightforward. The cables can't be plugged in the wrong connector as they are individually matched. 

The important part now is to route the cable correctly within the cabinet and wrap enough cable under the wheel per Logitech, leaving enough wiring to run along the underside of the front sim cab panels. 

Once the cables (shifter, pedals, power and USB) are pressed into the underside channels, carefully set the wheel on the wheel platform, making sure the cables don't come out of their respective channels.  If they do and you tighten the wheel, you will end up pinching the wires when tightening!

Once the wheel is located, insert the 6mm bolts and washers provided with the sim rig, then tighten snug.  Some Logitech kits come with spacer blocks on the clamps and may be removed.  You do not want spacer blocks on wheel clamps if you can avoid it as they protrude down and you could bump your knees.  Then tighten the Logitech clamps and plunge the knobs into the body.

If using workstation top, do not loop cable around bar as shown above, as you will need some cable slack when removing wheel from wheel plate so that you can position on shifter plate as shown below.  No need to unplug any cables.


Cable routing

Once the main components are installed, we can now wrangle the cables within the cab.

Start under the wheel, gathering the cables into a bundle.  Draw them to a corner under the front panels (typically shifter side), then locate the clip to suit where you would like.  I prefer to have the clips installed in the side panels, about 1/2" (12mm) from the top panel, with the channel facing up.  No need to worry about the cables when installing the clips as they are designed for cable insertion after they are installed. 

Continue Installing clips in the same manner along the front body until you've reached the bottom corner of the sim rig.  You can now start adding cables one by one in the clips until they are all inserted.  Zip ties or twist ties can also be used to further bundle the cables as needed.

If your keyboard and mouse use cables, you can add them anytime and insert their cables into the clips when you get to that stage.  The same holds true for speaker wiring, lighting or other ancillary cables.  The cable clips can accommodate 1-1/4 square inches of cabling (850 square mm), which will handle most every cabling scenario you can throw at it.

Monitor Arm

A monitor with a base plate (table top install) can be set on the top platform with a keyboard in front or on the base and platform, but there are too many variations to consider here.   A nice solution is to use the optional monitor arm.

 

Assemble the monitor stand per the provided manufacturers instructions.  Most monitor stands include a clamp mechanism and some include a base plate that can be bolted through the surface.  The bolt through style is the preferred method, although it requires drilling a hole through the top surface in the proper location.  I recommend installing the monitor stand at the front-most edge of the stand to provide plenty of room for your keyboard (and cellphone and maybe a drink).

It is recommended to adjust the platform height once the wheel base is installed, with the wheel platform positioned to the front, as high as it will go.  This will allow full range of adjustment for the steering wheel without having to adjust the top platform.

(photo shows triple monitor setup installed on a rig)

Once the heights are set, install your monitors per the VESA or appropriate mounting method for the monitor stand.

Install cables into PC, PS or Xbox and go!

The sim rig should now be ready for final cable connections and component setup!

Set up the Logitech wheel per the OS or console configuration process, and happy racing!